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Sarah Palin: Send Immigrants 'Back Across Ocean' to Mexico

Did Sarah Palin call on President Obama to send immigrants back across the 'Mexican Ocean?'

Published Nov 21, 2014


Claim:   Sarah Palin said President Obama should put immigrants on a boat back to Mexico.


Example:   [Collected via Twitter, November 2014]

Palin: "If I were Obama I'd put all 11 million of these folks on boats and send them back to Mexico," #ignorant #productofpooreducation


Origins:   On 20 November 2014, the Daily Currant published an article titled "Sarah Palin: Send Immigrants 'Back Across Ocean' to Mexico." Referencing President Barack Obama's announcement about immigration reform on 19 November 2014, the article claimed Palin appeared on Fox News after Obama's speech to discuss the issue:

"If I were Obama I'd put all 11 million of these folks on boats and send them back to Mexico," she opined. "The liberal media says it's impossible to deport that many people. But I say we can do it if we have enough ships.

"Let's commandeer all the cruise ships, all the fishing vessels and all the yachts those fat cat Obama donors own. And then let's pack 'em full of illegals and send these people on a one-way cruise to Mexico City.

"The long voyage back across the Mexican Ocean should give them plenty of time to think about how they shouldn't be coming here to America and jeopardizing our freedom and prosperity by breaking our laws."

As with a previous preposterous claim Sarah Palin demanded President Obama "invade Ebola," the article was a satirical piece poking fun at the former governor of Alaska. Palin was not even a guest on the Fox News Hannity program on 19 November 2014.

The Daily Currant is a satire site known for publishing fake news stories, including a previous article claiming grits were a leading factor in fathering homosexual children. According to the site's "About" page:

Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.

Last updated:   21 November 2014


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